In My Mailbox (16) … featuring TLA Author Signings

Happy Sunday, you guys! Thanks for visiting for this week’s In My Mailbox, a weekly feature hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Each week we share the books we borrow, buy, or receive from publishers.

I attended TLA in Houston, TX this week, where I went to a LOT of author signings. I’m featuring the books I had signed (and those a few of my blogger friends are letting me borrow or gifted to me). Lots of goodies to share…!

(*My husband watched this after I uploaded it to YouTube and told me I’m “such a girl.” Dustyn is now banned from watching any future In My Mailbox vlogs. I was too embarrassed to look him in the eye cause he teased me for my girly-ness. I apologize to you if my vlog was too quote on quote… girly…for you.)

I didn’t list the books below in the same order as in my vlog. That’s kind of chaotic, so again, I apologize!




Event happening this week in Austin, TX:
Signing with Tahereh Mafi (author of Shatter Me) and Veronica Rossi (author of Under the Never Sky)
Book People’s information page
Date and Time: April 26, 2012 at 7:00PM
Location: Book People: 603 N. Lamar, Austin TX 78703


Here’s what happened on our blog this week:

Thanks for visiting our blog! Have a fantastic week!

In My Mailbox: 14

Happy Sunday! How was your week?

We’re still amazed that it’s April and that this year is passing by so quickly! I’ve got some great books to share with you in this week’s In My Mailbox, a feature hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It’s a feature where we share which books we received from publishers, borrowed from the library, or happily purchased.

Currently Reading:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Goodreads | Amazon


Variant by Robinson Wells
Recommended by Jennifer
Goodreads | Amazon

Divergent by Veronica Roth (this will be a re-read to prep for Insurgent!)
Goodreads | Amazon

Gifted to me by Estelle:

The List by Siobhan Vivian
Review by Magan
Goodreads | Amazon

Received from Simon & Schuster:

Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist
Goodreads | Amazon

Fun Purchases:

Just in case you missed anything on the blog this week, here’s what we shared:

Tell us what you received in your mailbox!

In My Mailbox (12)

Hi, friends! *waves* Welcome to our weekly In My Mailbox post, a feature hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren!

I apologize for not having an In My Mailbox vlog for you guys today. It’s one heck of a crazy weekend – baby shower, my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary, the Hunger Games movie (!!!) with 11 of our neighbors, and today a wedding in a town three hours away. I need more time in the day!

I did get a couple of books this week that I’m really excited about, though.

Books I Bought:


  • Partials by Dan Wells
    Release Date: February 28, 2012
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Goodreads | Amazon
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
    Republished: August 31, 2012
    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
    Goodreads | Amazon


Books Received from Publishers:





Books Borrowed from the Library:


  • The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
    Release Date: November 2, 2010
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books
    | Amazon
  • There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
    Republished: January 24, 2012
    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
    | Amazon



I hope you’re all having a relaxing Sunday! Just in case you missed anything that happened last week, take a peek at what went down:

Thanks for tuning into this week’s In My Mailbox! Hope you have a great week! xoxo

In My Mailbox (10) + Our 100th Post!

A big Texas heya! I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday! Estelle and I are actually spending today together. In New York. Holy cow is this exciting! I’ve got some fun books to share with you in this In My Mailbox post. In My Mailbox is a feature hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren. Go check out her blog and fabulous books here.

This post also happens to be our 100th post! To celebrate, Estelle and I each put together five songs in a spotify playlist to share with you guys. Check out the bottom of the post for the links, songs, and lists!

Books from ALA:

  • Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig, Release date: March 13, 2012
    Goodreads | Amazon
  • The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
    Release date: April 24, 2012
    Goodreads | Amazon

Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour:

  • Cracked by K.M. Walton, Release date: January 3, 2012
    *(I was wrong about this in my vlog. The ARC said March, but it was January.)
    Goodreads | Amazon

Books From Bloggers:

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And now to celebrate our 100th post, here are our lists of Spotify playlists…

Estelle’s List (click to open in Spotify):

1. [Kissed You] Good Night: Gloriana

I may not have loved The Lifeguard very much. But the angst in this song was almost spot on for how I felt when I was reading it. I wanted them to get to the action. To get somewhere.

“I should have kissed you
I should have pushed you up against the wall
I should have kissed you
Just like I wasn’t scared at all”

2. Just a Memory: Rufio

I just finished reading Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay series and absolutely loved it. I won’t be writing reviews of the series on RBR but I couldn’t help but think of Adam and his feelings for Mia in the second book, Where She Went. They are so perfect… I posted a big chunk of them.

“The sadness comes when it’s least expected
It shot out of the dark, and slammed in our face
The hurt it brings can’t be stopped
The hurt it brings can’t be cured, oh

Just when I thought things were alright
You came in and broke my heart
My stomach’s full of butterflies
The thought of you gone, it tears me apart

I remember you and me when we used to
Laugh all night until we fell asleep, oh
And i know we’re through
But i’ve still got thoughts of you left inside my head”

3. Want You in My World: Amanda Duncan

My review for John Green’s Paper Towns will be up on Monday but while not TOTALLY perfect, I was reminded of Quentin’s affections for Margo and how she was unattainable.

“Hey baby, I’ve seen you walkin’ around this town
And I can’t seem to get your face out of my mind
Whoa, can’t you see that I want you in my world

Lately there’s been a certain someone
Who’s constantly catching my eye
I’m trying to gather up the courage
Simply to say hi”

4. All Night Long: Demi Lovato

I just finished Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman (to be released 5/8/12). My review is coming soon, but I couldn’t help but think of the main character Angel and her sexual escapades, as well as her affection for a certain Jersey boy. The beat has a lot to do with it too. It’s a fun, summery song. And confident, a lot like Angel.

“I love the way you’re talking
I’m loving what you’re doing boy
I don’t fall easy often
I’ve never had a love like you before”

5. I Feel So: Boxcar Racer

This song is so unbelievably fitting for Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom. It’s been one of my favorite tunes for a long time and so many of the lyrics fit how both Tessa and Luke feel throughout the book. Their situation is uncomfortable, frustrating, infuriating and at times, hopeful. It goes back and forth.

“Sometimes I wish I was smart
I wish I made cures for
How people are
I wish I had power
I wish I could give
I wish I could change the world
For you and me”

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Magan’s List (click to open in Spotify):


1. Shake it Out: Florence + the Machine

It reminds me of Love Story by Jennifer Echols. A few of the lyrics specifically make me reminisce about that book.

“It’s a fine romance but its left me so undone”
“I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t”
“Our love is pastured such a mournful song”

2. End of Summer: Theory of a Deadman

Hmm. Summer + boys + moving on = The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han. Of course.

“It’s the end of the summer
It’s the end of it all
Those days are gone its over now were moving on
It’s the end of the summer
But we’ll see it all again
So hold on to this moment till then
It’s the end of the summer”

3. And Run: He Is We

I imagine the music Lena (in Delirium, by Lauren Oliver) was allowed to listen to was pretty boring. I think she needs something fun and upbeat that encourages her to flee from the society and chase her dreams.

“I’m going to open my mind to all these
new found exciting possibilities”
“Gonna grow up, be someone.
Draw a map, find a path.
Take a breath and run.”

4. Cough Syrup: Young the Giant

There’s a line that reminds me of This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers every single time I hear it.

“These zombies in the park
they’re looking for my heart”

5. Drive By: Train

Oh, gosh. Practically every line of this song reminds me of In Honor by Jessi Kirby. Mostly.

“On the upside of a downward spiral
My love for you went viral
And I loved you every mile you drove away
But now here you are again
So let’s skip the “how you been”
And get down to the “more than friends” at last”

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And finally, our week in review:

See you guys next week! Thanks for checking out our In My Mailbox post and our playlists!

In My Mailbox (8)

Hey Guys! I’m behind on uploading this In My Mailbox vlog today, but alas, here it is. In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Don’t forget to stop by her blog to see her loot this week!

I’m reading…
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder [Goodreads | Amazon]

I bought…
Everneath by Brodi Ashton [Goodreads | Amazon]
Delirium by Lauren Oliver [Goodreads | Amazon]
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi [Goodreads | Amazon]

I received from publishers…
Perception by Kim Harrington, March 2012 release [Goodreads | Amazon]
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, March 2012 release [Goodreads | Amazon]

Book we’re giving away…
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green [Goodreads | Amazon | Enter Giveaway]

Weekly Recap…
Magan reviewed The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.
Estelle reviewed Tessa Masterson WILL Go to Prom by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin.
Magan recapped the Pitch Dark Days stop in Austin, TX!
Magan reviewed Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby.
We’re giving away a copy of John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars! 

Fun links you should check out…
Sash, of Sash and Em, reviewed Perception by Kim Harrington.
Ginger celebrated one year of her Blogger Behind the Book feature at GReads!
Jamie is hosting a giveaway at The Perpetual Page Turner.

Have a great week! We’ll see you on the Internets.

Estelle: In My Mailbox (2/19/2012)

Happy Sunday, friends! I can’t believe it’s already been 2 weeks since my last v-log. Craziness! I hope all of you had a great week, and for those of you enjoying an extended weekend because of President’s Day, are relaxing and curling up with a good book (or 3). Because I’m traveling a lot this weekend, I actually taped my IMM a little early.

Truth: I’m sort of on a book buying ban right now. The last few months I’ve been on a clothing shopping freeze. (Still am, kind of.) And this month I really have to institute the no buying of books. I went a little bonkers the end of last year buying books at a rapid rate and now I just have too many to handle. Not to mention all the lovely ARCs we received when Magan when to ALA. So I have to focus on what I have before I buy more. Even though, I so want to. But that being said, here is my vlog from this week’s IMM, a weekly meme hosted by the talented Kristi aka The Story Siren.

ALA Reads mentioned:

Various Positions by Martha Schabas: Released 2/14/12 (Goodreads | Amazon)
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick: Releases 3/1/12 (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Difference Between You & Me by Madeline George: Releases 3/15/12 (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore: Releases 3/27/12 (Goodreads | Amazon)

Book read this week:

Tessa Masterson WILL Go to Prom by Brandon Halpin & Emily Franklin: Releases 2/27/12 (Goodreads | Amazon)

On the blog this week…

> Estelle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
> Magan: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas
> Estelle: The Scent of Rain & Lightning by Nancy Pickard

And that’s all she wrote! Catch you guys tomorrow!